UMES SWEEPS SERIES WITH COPPIN STATE WITH 8-3 WIN
April 1, 2012
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- UMES earned its first road weekend series sweep since 2008 with an 8-3 defeat of Coppin State on Sunday. The Hawks improve to 4-5 in conference play and 5-22 overall, while the Eagles drop to 0-5 in the MEAC and 0-25 on the season.
After James Newsome (Mechanicsville, Md.) doubled off Zach Spahn (0-4) to put runners on second and third with one out in the first inning, Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) brought in the first run on a ground out to second to score Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.). Next batter, Tre-Von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) reached on an error by the shortstop, allowing Newsome to score and giving UMES an early 2-0 lead.
In the top of the second, Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) walked, advancing to second via Joshua James (Milford, Del.) sacrifice bunt, to third on a Shaquille Bagwell (Atlantic, Va.), then home on a wild pitch. Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) followed with a walk and stole second. Campbell hit a line drive down the left field line for a double, scoring Bull. Campbell scored next batter as Newsome drove him in on a single to right, capping a three-run inning for a 5-0 UMES advantage.
The Eagles got two runs in the fifth, scoring one on a wild pitch and another off a Mike Wright RBI single to score John Walls, pulling Coppin State to within three.
Jesus Hernandez (Haverstraw, N.Y.) held down Coppin State through the first four innings, allowing no runs and just two hits in that time. He pitched 4.2 innings in his start with two runs charged in the no decision.
Coppin State came closer in the sixth against UMES reliever Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.) (1-2). Walls singled with runners on the corners to score Zach Brown to make the score UMES 5-3. But that is as close as the Eagles got as Saca and Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.) did not allow another hit in the game.
In the eighth, UMES got a run back. Fleetwood doubled to left on a fly ball. Two batters later, Bagwell reached on an error by the second baseman, allowing Fleetwood to score to put the visitors up by three.
The Hawks rebuilt their five-run lead in the top of the ninth with all hits coming with two outs. Schott reached on a single to third base. Johnson doubled into the left-center gap, scoring Schott all the way from first. Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) followed with a ground ball single through the right side to score Johnson and give UMES an 8-3 lead, the eventual final score.
With the victory, UMES earns in first road weekend series sweep since 2008, when the Hawks defeated Coppin State in three games from March 22-23. It is the first sweep since April 22-23, 2011 when UMES won three games against Florida A&M.
Saca got the win with 3.1 innings of relief, allowing just one run and striking out three. The loss went to Spahn, with five runs charged in six innings thrown.
Johnson and Newsome each went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored for UMES. Bull reached three times with a 2-for-4 day from the leadoff spot with a walk and run.
As a batter, Spahn went 2-for-4 for the Eagles, while teammate Brown also got two hits in four at bats with a run scored.
UMES will play one game during the mid-week, taking on William & Mary in Williamsburg on Tuesday at 7 p.m.